Here are answers to some of the burning questions you might have about the 24th Winter Games.
How many athletes compete in the Winter Olympics?
There are 91 delegations competing for 109 gold medals across seven sports in Beijing.
According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), there will be about 2,900 athletes doing their best in their selected disciplines.
What is skeleton?
One of the most interesting names in the sporting lexicon, skeleton is a fan favorite at the Winter Olympics.
With its roots in sleighing, athletes participate on the same track across two days, getting four runs each. The competitor with the fastest combined time wins the event.
It fell in and out of the Olympic program for a number of years, before it was reintroduced at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics.
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